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What’s so great about an American Road Trip Holiday?

I love the variety that a road trip in America provides and I’m always keen to get as much of it into my trips when I’m planning. Each State is so different and the beauty of moving on every few days is that you can get so many elements in one trip – cities, smalls towns, mountains, lakes, coastlines, forests, canyons, deserts, wildlife.

Road trip miles travelled?

I have definitely lost track of the miles, but at last count, I’d visited 29 states and 5 of the Canadian provinces. I was lucky enough to live out in Vancouver for a little while and used it as a base for exploring as much of Canada and the West Coast of America as I could.

Favorite place visited on a road trip?

The National Parks have usually been my main focus for trips and they never disappoint. I think my favourites are Olympic National Park and Yellowstone, and I always have a soft spot for the Canadian Rockies too. Some of my fondest memories come from spending time in small towns set amongst amazing scenery as well, such as Durango in Colorado, Asheville in North Carolina and Tofino on Vancouver Island. They’re great places to experience local life but also be right amongst some fantastic sights and scenery.

Favourite road trip?

Probably driving from Vancouver to Mount Rushmore and all the way back again, doing a full loop of the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies. It was a full on trip covering a lot of miles but it was so so worth it! We spent a lot of time in the National Parks – Olympic, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Badlands, Glacier and North Cascades – and also got to see great cities like Seattle and Portland, watch local wildlife like whales, bears and bison and of course, see sights such as iconic Mount Rushmore and also visit some lesser known places like Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Favorite excursion?

I must say, I don’t tend to do a lot of excursions when I’m out in the states as I’m quite happy just sightseeing and taking in the scenery, but if I had to pick one it would be sea kayaking in the San Juan Islands. Paddling close to (but not too close!) pods of orca whales was just amazing and it just made for a great day out on the water.

Favourite hotel?

Again, I always like variety with my accommodation on the road and I will usually try and stay at a mixture of boutique hotels, roadside motels, rustic cabins and unusual lodges. I think my favourites are always the more quirky ones like Dog Bark Park Inn; a giant beagle B&B in Idaho, and Free Spirit Spheres which are treehouse suspended from the giant trees on Vancouver Island.

Favourite meal to eat whilst in America?

I couldn’t possibly choose just one. You can’t go wrong with any sort of American diner food in my eyes, and especially breakfast. I’m also a big BBQ fan too so pass me the ribs, brisket and pulled pork… followed by a huckleberry muffin if I’m up in the mountains! In Canada, I will always be looking out for poutine too.

Which road trip is next up?

The Deep South is next on my list and I can’t wait! I’m hoping to add on the Blue Ridge Parkway too, although that might have to be saved for another trip.

Lake Louise, Canada

a beautiful day in Monument Valley

exploring the cave dwellings at Mesa Verde NP

Crater Lake NP

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